Murder charges dismissed against man indicted for Mark Ysasaga's murder

Published: Sep. 16, 2016 at 5:25 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2016 at 7:32 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Jose Simental, the man indicted for the murder of Mark Ysasaga, pleaded guilty to a new charge of fabricating and tampering with evidence in July and has just been sentenced to seven years.

As part of his plea negotiation, the murder charges against Simental were dismissed.

A grand jury indicted Simental for Ysasaga's murder last year. Ysasaga went missing in 2012 and authorities discovered his remains just last year in south Lubbock County.

Because of this plea deal, there are no murder charges associated with the death of Ysasaga.

After the sentencing, Anna Ysasaga-Cuevas was on the stand to give her impact statement:

Mark's mother and father both released victim impact statements before the sentence was handed down.

Mark's father, Michael Cuevas, said, "I had my son for only 15 short years. I want you to remember that today as you sentence Jose Simental, Jr. No amount of time he is given will bring back my son or make up for the past 3 years that we searched for him and all the while Jose Simental Jr knew what happened and where he was.

"For 3 years he went on living his life with utter disregard for my son and our family. I feel that had Anthony not been found, he would still be going on with his life and not giving a second thought to what he was a part of. He along with others disposed of my son's body as if he were garbage. To shamelessly and blatantly commit murdershows that Jose does not value life, and to not come forward for 3 years shows he thinks he is above the law and authority."

PDF: Impact statement from father, Michael Cuevas

Mark's mother, Anna Ysasaga, said, "When a mother gives birth, she has an immediate, instinctive need to nurture and protect her child. I would give anything to change places with Mark Antony, to take away the terror and pain he suffered that morning. For the rest of my life, I will feel the guilt that I wasn't there when he needed me most. He died terrified and alone with an evil monster. I feel Jose has ripped out my heart and stomped on it. Mark Anthony was murdered 4 years ago; the pain never leaves me. I'm haunted by recurring nightmares of the horror that Mark suffered."

PDF: Impact statement from mother, Anna Ysasaga

FULL COVERAGE of the Mark Ysasaga investigation.

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